President Obama exports moral nihilism and sexual anarchy in matters of intimacy; friend Terry Bean is said to have sought sex with younger men

 

 

“Lawson claims that, as part of their relationship, Bean asked him to bring younger men to the West Hills house. He also says their relationship allowed them to have sex with other men, so long as the other approved”.

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http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22648-terry_beans_problem.html

Terry and Kiah

Few people have worked harder for last month’s historic decision to allow same-sex couples to marry in Oregon than Portland real-estate developer Terry Bean.
Bean, 65, is one of the founders of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s leading gay-rights organization. He’s donated more than $1 million to the group and serves on its board. His name is prominently displayed on a glass wall at the organization’s Washington, D.C., headquarters.

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FLYING HIGH: Terry Bean and President Barack Obama on Air Force One in 2012

His influence extends beyond gay rights. No Oregonian has raised more money for President Barack Obama. At a 2009 Human Rights Campaign dinner, Obama called Bean a “great friend and supporter.” The president in 2012 hosted Bean on Air Force One, and when Obama visits Oregon, Bean has had the honor of greeting him as the president gets off his plane.

But today, when he’d rather be celebrating the same-sex marriage victory, Bean is instead fighting to protect his reputation.

Bean’s attorney has told the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office that Bean is the victim of an extortion plot carried out against him by a former boyfriend, 24-year-old Kiah Lawson, a onetime cellphone salesman with a drug problem and a criminal record.

Bean says that last year he fell in love with Lawson. Bean paid him a $400-a-week allowance, put Lawson up in one of his homes and took him on international trips. Last fall, Bean brought Lawson to the White House and also introduced him to Obama.

Bean’s attorney, Kristen Winemiller, says Bean always acted in Lawson’s best interest. “Our client did nothing improper in his considerable attempts to support Lawson in making a better life for himself,” Winemiller says.

In January, Lawson says, he discovered that Bean had a hidden camera in the smoke detector above Bean’s bed in his West Hills home. Lawson used this information to seek money from Bean, alleging that the camera captured videos “of at least a half dozen individuals in a state of nudity engaged in intimate acts with you.” Lawson claims he is in more than one video.

Records reviewed by WW show Bean recently attempted to settle the matter for $40,000 in exchange for Lawson turning over the images and refraining from disclosing Bean’s “alleged illicit sexual activities.”

That deal appears to be off, and last week Bean’s attorney went to the DA, alleging Lawson was guilty of theft and extortion, in addition to being involved in a wider range of criminal activities. The case is under investigation by Portland police.

WW first contacted Bean a month ago about this story, and he has repeatedly declined to comment. Bean’s attorney has also hired a former Multnomah County prosecutor to represent six young men who know Bean. And Bean has engaged a veteran Washington, D.C., communications specialist from a firm with ties to Obama to manage the story.

Many of the facts are in dispute, and it’s unclear how often guests in Bean’s bedroom might have been caught on camera, or if Lawson’s efforts to extract money from him constitutes extortion.

But this much is sure: Bean has negotiated complex real estate deals, made himself indispensable to players at the highest level of politics, and played a role in the biggest civil-rights fight of our generation. Yet his legacy is on the line because of his association with a troubled young man he met on the dating app called Jack’d.

“Terry made the mistake of falling for the wrong man,” Winemiller says. “Since that mistake, Terry has been the victim of a ring of men who have broken into his homes, stolen money and personal property and tried to extort money from him by threatening his sterling public reputation.”

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